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    DescriptionThis book investigates the nature of generalization in language and examines how language is known by adults and acquired by children. It looks at how and why constructions are learned, the relation between their forms and functions, and how cross-linguistic and language-internal generalizations about them can be explained. Constructions at Work is divided into three parts: in the first Professor Goldberg provides an overview of constructionist approaches, including the constructionist approach to argument structure, and argues for a usage-based model of grammar. In Part II she addresses issues concerning how generalizations are constrained and constructional generalizations are learned. In Part III the author shows that a combination of function and processing accounts for a wide range of language-internal and cross-linguistic generalizations. She then considers the degree to which the function of constructions explains their distribution and examines cross-linguistic tendencies in argument realization. She demonstrates that pragmatic and cognitive processes account for the data without appeal to stipulations that are language-specific. This book is an important contribution to the study of how language operates in the mind and in the world and how these operations relate. It is of central interest for scholars and graduate-level students in all branches of theoretical linguistics and psycholinguistics. It will also appeal to cognitive scientists and philosophers concerned with language and its acquisition.

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    The Constructions at Work
    The Nature of Generalization in Language
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Adele Goldberg, Edited by Inderjeet Mani, Edited by James Pustejovsky, Edited by Robert Gaizauskas
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 290
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 455 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199268528
    ISBN 10: 0199268525

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    Numerous tables and line drawings
    Oxford University Press
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    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    16 February 2006
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    Author Information
    Adele E. Goldberg is Professor of Linguistics at Princeton University. She is author of Constructions: A construction grammar approach to argument structure (University of Chicago Press, 1995), which won the 1996 Gustave O. Arlt Book Award in the Humanities.
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    I have found Ionstructions at WorkR a must-have book. The author's elegance and clarity of vision, her knowledge of research beyond linguistics proper, as well as her empathy with the reader and her honesty about the not-so-clear cases, are engaging. J. Carlos Acuna-Farina, University of Santiago de Compostela an important contribution to the study of how language operates in the mind and in the world and how these operations relate. Folia Linguistica
    Table of contents
    Part One: Constructions ; 1. Overview ; 2. Surface Generalizations ; 3. Item Specific Knowledge and Generalizations ; Part Two: Learning Generalizations ; 4. How Generalizations are Learned ; 5. How Generalizations are Constrained ; 6. Why Generalizations are Learned ; Part Three: Explaining Generalizations ; 7. Island Constraints and Scope ; 8. Grammatical Categorization: Subject Auxiliary Inversion ; 9. Cross-linguistic Generalizations in Argument Realization ; 10. Variations on a Constructionist Theme ; 11. Conclusion ; References ; Index